Perched atop San Francisco’s famed Nob Hill, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ location mirrors its position amongst the City’s finest hotels. A grand dame in every sense of the expression, the Mark Hopkins consistently exceeds expectations. In fact, it’s backed by a fusion of contemporary vibe and classic elegance and sophistication. Coupled with a reputation for exceptional service and hospitality, Mark Hopkins is your preferred choice for lodging.
About The InterContinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
Opened December 4, 1926, the hotel is named after Mark Hopkins, a co-founder of the Central Pacific Railroad. The other three founders were Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Collis Huntington. Collectively known as the Big Four, these railroad barons all built mansions on Nob Hill. However, Hopkins died before his mansion was completed.
After The 1906 Earthquake
Years after the 1906 Earthquake and subsequent fire damage, three hotels were constructed over former residences of three of the Big Four, including the Mark Hopkins Hotel, built by mining engineer George D. Smith, who operated the hotel until 1962. Over the years, the Mark Hopkins Hotel has been a premier choice for travelers and has hosted an extensive list of well-known public figures and celebrities, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Rolling Stones, Dwight Eisenhower and Barack Obama.
Oldest America InterContinental Hotel
Featuring a classic French and Spanish renaissance façade, the hotel was acquired by the InterContinental Hotels Corporation in 1973 and remains the oldest InterContinental hotel in the U.S. A true San Francisco landmark, it is also the city’s largest hotel to be honored as a San Francisco Green Business.
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How To Get There
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco is located approximately 13 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Several ground transportation services are available for you at SFO. For example there are limousine services, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, taxis. Additionally, SFO has a BART rapid transit station that can transport you to BART stations in downtown San Francisco. Once downtown, you can then opt for a connecting service like Uber and Lyft.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel is also located near all three of San Francisco’s historic cable car lines. Although luggage may still be brought onboard a cable car, it is generally not recommended to do so. On the other hand, if the cable car isn’t too crowded, there is room in the covered section. You can check with SF MUNI for current fare rates.
Nob Hill is also walking distance from many of San Francisco’s leading attractions, like Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. Additionally, Fisherman’s Wharf is approximately two miles away. What’s more, you can use the cable car to Chinatown, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. For North Beach, you can just walk through Chinatown to get to Little Italy.
InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel offers 383 elegantly appointed rooms, including 33 suites. Room sizes range from 312 square feet for Standard Rooms to 364 square feet for View Rooms, city or bay views.. All rooms come equipped with an in-room safe, cable/satellite TV with premium channels and WiFi (with fee). Additionally, you will find a Keurig coffee/tea maker, mini bar, and clock radio . Further amenities include plush bathrobes, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
Suites sizes range from 551 square feet for a Junior Suite to 2,240 square feet for the two-bedroom California Suite. In addition to the standard features like TV, minibar and hairdryers, all suites have additional amenities. For instance, there are feather bed mattresses and Frette bed linens and stylish wood furniture. Turndown service upon request, in addition to complimentary shoeshine service and same-day/laundry valet service.
Pets up to 25 lbs. are allowed with a non-refundable fee of $100 per stay. Your pets are only allowed in specific rooms or floors. Pets may not be unattended in any guest room.
Nob Hill Club
The Nob Hill Club is the hotel’s signature restaurant the Nob Hill Club. This beautiful restaurant features exceptional farm-to-table California cuisine using locally sourced produce, seafood and meats. The Nob Hill Club is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, it’s available for semi-private dining for up to 14 seated guests or 20-25 guests for a standing reception.
Nob Hill Club
The restaurant also features On-the-Fly-Beverages, as well a fabulous American wine bar offering bar bites. If you love wine, there is impressive, California-centric wine list from wineries in the Napa-Sonoma Wine Country. The menu also has selections from Alameda and Monterey County. Bar service is available Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a happy hour from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
The hotel’s Leisure Escape Package offers discounted accommodations and valet parking. The package also includes two cocktails at the Top of the Mark and breakfast buffet at Nob Hill Club. If you’re am InterContinental Ambassador members through IHG Rewards you can receive complimentary breakfasts and restaurant. Even further, you can receive bar credits of up to $20. Other travelers can also purchase an optional Club InterContinental, with exclusive benefits. For example, they can receive complimentary breakfasts and additional amenities.
In Room Dining
In room dining is also available, as is catering services for special events like business meetings, birthday parties and weddings.
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Top Of The Mark
Located on the 19th floor, the iconic Top of the Mark opened as a bar/lounge in 1939. A popular spot for servicemen during World War II, the Top of the Mark is renowned for its 360 view. When visiting, you will be able to see Chinatown, North Beach and San Francisco Bay. Looking elsewhere in the lounge, you will be able to see Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in the City. Well known for its cocktail list, particularly its signature martini menu with 100 variations, the historic bar features live music and entertainment on a regular basis and hosts a very popular Sunday Brunch, along with a tantalizing menu of gourmet bar bites, like California Cheese plates, charcuterie plates and California sturgeon caviar.
Chef Chad Bayless
The hotel’s food and beverage program is led by talented executive Chef Chad Bayless, The talented chef previously worked in several local establishments while earning his Hospitality Management degree at San Francisco State University. Chef Bayless has also represented the InterContinental Mark Hopkins for dinner at the renowned James Beard Foundation House in New York City.
The Museum At The Mark
Also on the lobby level with its stunning crystal chandeliers, is Museum at the Mark. This small museum chronicles the history of its iconic bar through a series of displays. In fact, you can see many rare artifacts from the legendary bar. This includes original holiday menus, vintage silverware, cocktail shakers and glasses. There are also 24k gold dinnerware and classic posters featuring big band leaders like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Rudy Vallé.
The Mark Hopkins offers a 24-hour fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like free weights, weight machines and cardio machines.
Additional Hotel Services/Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco Parking
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco offers a wide array of services and amenities. This includes a complimentary town car service on weekdays, 24 front desk service, 24 business center, valet parking and parking garage, express check in/check out services and concierge service.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco offers 19,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Room of Dons with its seven-foot tall murals and the 4,440 square foot Peacock Court grand ballroom.
About The Author
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS News, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He earned a media fellowship from Stanford University in 2012.